October Birthstone – Pink Tourmaline Gemstone

Every girl loves to feel special on her birthday, and a birthstone is on thing that cane make her feel truly celebrated.  Her birthstone is a lovely way to show her how special she is (especially when it’s a princess pink birthstone)!

Green tourmaline was first thought to be discovered in the 1500’s where it was confused with emerald.  It wasn’t until the 1800’s that scientists discovered that it was its very own gemstone.  Because of the confusion, the name even means “mixed gems” Sri Lankan.  Tourmaline can be found in a beautiful rainbow of colors, but here we focus on the lovely and feminine pink hues.

It has been found all over the world including California.  It makes me want to take a quick trip down to San Diego where they still find the beautiful, multi-hued gems!

Take a peek at the SPARKLY BIRTHSTONE BRACELET here.

For October’s birthstone, I focus on the dainty pink tourmaline, which is particularly delicate and lovely.  October actually has two birth stones, opal & tourmaline.  Because of its gorgeous color, pink tourmaline is a favorite for jewelry for girls.

Celebrate her October birthday with a sweet ornate cross necklace with pearls and her birthstone.

One of the most exciting things about tourmaline is that it comes in a beautiful spectrum of hues and intensities.  Peeking at a pink tourmaline is like gazing into a mesmerizing pink pool of pretty!

Shower her with love & a darling pearl and sparkly birthstone crystal necklace for her October Birthday.

So whether you’re looking for something dainty baby pink to celebrate her October birthday, or a more deep, rich pink, tourmaline is definitely your go-to stone.

October birthstone and real pearl earrings for her birthday.

When you gaze into a piece of tourmaline, you’re likely to spy all of the hues of pink, soft delicate pinks, touches of deeper rich pinks, and everything in-between.  This variety adds a beautiful depth to her October birthstone creating a natural ombre effect.

Pink Tourmaline – October’s birthstone, is a favorite among girls of all ages, whether their birthdays are in October or not, because of its beautiful color.  Baby Pink tourmaline jewelry has a particularly delicate and feminine look and feel, which makes it a great choice for new babies.  The stones look beautiful paired with real freshwater pearls, silver or gold.  It’s the perfect choice for your precious princess!

All of the October Birthstone Gifts – Pink Tourmaline & Pearls

Darling Pearl & Birthstone Necklace | Ornate Cross Necklace with Birthstone | Darling Pearl & Birthstone Bracelet | Adorable Birthstone & Pearl Earrings

 

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Think Happy Be Happy Free Phone Wallpaper

Happy Day to you!!! ♥  You’re working hard & sometimes it can be difficult to remember to count your little blessings…but they really do add up.  Here’s a sweet little reminder (and an adorable birdie) for you.

If you love it, pretty please share it on Pinterest!  That would make my heart so happy. ♥

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June Birthstone – Pearl Moonstone Alexandrite

You lucky ducky girls who are born in June are lucky enough to have three birthstones!  {Pearl ♥ Moonstone ♥ Alexandrite}  While I obviously love pearls (I get to play with pearls every single day – lucky me), I also have a great appreciation for all three of the sparkly, stunning June birthstones.

Moonstone is a semi-transparent stone, and I think it is definitely one of the best at capturing light in the most beautiful way.  It gives off a milky white light that can also include little flashes of blue when the light hits it just right.  Moonstone often looks as if it has a little bit of a glow to it.

Pearl and Moonstone June Birthday Bracelets For Girls – Shop Now

It’s easy to see how the stone got its name; moonstone seems to have captured the stunning light of the moon.  In ancient Rome, people used to believe that you could identify the different phases of the moon within moonstone.  While we don’t believe that the stone physically changes appearance with the moon’s phases anymore, it certainly does have an ethereal, almost otherworldly appearance.

Adorable Pearl and Moonstone June Birthday Necklaces for Girls

When it is micro-faceted into the beautiful little gemstones I use in my jewelry designs, it plays with the light beautifully.  I love pairing it with silver and pearls as the moonstone seems to throw light against the other surfaces of the pieces.  It’s so much fun to turn moonstone jewelry to different angles and see how it changes as it catches the light.

If you’re on the lookout for the most traditional June birthstone, pearl is your girl.  I absolutely adore creating pearl birthstone jewelry for all the lovely June birthday babies!  The pearls I use are genuine cultured freshwater pearls in a luscious creamy white color, natural pink, and sometimes I even have some peachy or lavender pearls available.  Pearls have the most amazing timeless elegance and have traditionally symbolized purity and innocence – pearl jewelry makes a perfect baby gift.

Personalized June Pearl Birthstone Bracelets for Girls

Alexandrite has a controversial history that started all the way back in 1834 in Imperial Russia.  While a miner was working in an emerald mine, he came across a gem that he thought was an emerald, but once he held it up to the light, he realized it was something new entirely.  It flashed different colors depending on the light.  It is fabled that the stone got its name from Alexander II because it was discovered on his birthday.

Shop June Pearl and Alexandrite Birthstone Name Bracelets for Girls

The Russian mines were exhausted in the early 20th century leaving almost a century until a new deposit was discovered, this time in Brazil.  Natural Alexandrite is extremely rare, and incredibly expensive.  So, in my jewelry creations, I use genuine Swarvoski Austrian crystals in the pale lavender of Alexandrite, so she can celebrate her June birthday without the crazy price tag!  Not to mention, because they are represented with a crystal, they are extra sparkly!

Pearl and Alexandrite Earrings for Girls

Whether you are searching for a classic, traditional June birthstone gift in pearls or something more ethereal like the sweet moonstone with the blue flashes, or the beautiful and elegant lavender alexandrite, you lovely June birthday girls will find meaningful, stunning birthstone jewelry at Little Girls’ Pearls.

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May Birthstone – Emerald

May’s birthstone – the beautifully green emerald, is one of the rarest and most popular gemstones.  That doesn’t surprise me in the least!  The gorgeously vibrant green color always catches my eye.  My dear friend {hello, J ♥} has an emerald in her wedding ring, and it’s absolutely stunning.

I think that an emerald was the perfect choice for May’s birthstone because it embodies the life and color of spring.  In May, you’ll see the deep green emerald reflected in spring tulips, in the foliage of trees, and in the grass that’s finally recovering from its long winter’s nap.  Emeralds are the color of new life, perfect for May!  That’s probably why emeralds have been associated with rebirth for centuries.  For me, emeralds are a bright symbol of new beginnings, growth, and happy energy.

Adorable Pearl & May Birthstone – Emerald Necklace

A fun historical tidbit about emeralds is that Cleopatra was said to be all but fanatical about them.  The first known emerald mine was a Greek mine near the Red Sea.  Cleopatra claimed it as her own.  The ancient Egyptians fervently believed that emeralds could treat eye diseases, and were the symbol of fertility and rebirth.  That’s one of the reasons why Egyptian pharaohs insisted on being buried with emeralds – the hope of rebirth.  Visiting heads of state were said to have gifted Cleopatra with emeralds that had been carved in her likeness – oh man, I’d love to see one of those!

Darling Pearl & May Emerald Crystal Personalized Name Bracelet

In the emerald jewelry that I lovingly create, I diligently attempt to capture that spirit of life, energy, and renewal.  Emeralds look beautiful nestled among pearls, as a pair of delicate earrings, or as a personalized pendant necklace.  At Little Girl’s Pearls, all of my birthstone jewelry has the option to be created with genuine gemstones that are micro-faceted to give them that little bit of twinkly sparkle.  The emeralds I use are a beautiful lighter green color, un-dyed and natural.  I absolutely adore the varied hues and inclusions in these stones, they seem to speak a story all their own.

So I wish you the happiest of birthdays, you beautiful May babies!! ♥

 

 

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Anatomy of Fancy Schmancy Gift Wrap

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  I am SO excited!  After 18 months of travel, planning, changes, delays and a few tears – but plenty of excitement, my new gift packaging is here!!!

In my 17 years of being a jewelry maker, my gift packaging has gone through several iterations.  I started with a simple organza bag, moved on to basic off-the-shelf gift boxes, then on to my first custom gift box design.  And now…something so precious and lovely that I can’t help but smile when I think of it. {sigh}

I must say looking back, I’m so proud of my packaging changes, but possibly even prouder of my improved photography skills!  Whoa!  That’s craziness.

I work super hard behind-the-scenes to make sure your pearls are perfect (another blog post about that is coming soon), your gift wrap is gorgeous, and that her pearls make it all the way to her hands without a hitch.  I think you’d be surprised at the journey of this gift packaging’s path into existence.  It was quite a roller coaster, but a ride definitely done out of love.

It all started in 2015 – hubby and I packed up and flew to the bright lights of Las Vegas to our very first major trade show.  Coming from our little town of Lompoc, we were crazy overwhelmed.  Holy moly!  We had spent weeks making a plan of attack, so we didn’t miss any vendors at the show.  It was all mapped out & loaded up on the phone.

It took us THREE solid 8 hour days just to get through all of the vendors.  We had meetings and looked through what seemed like a gazillion box choices with scores of vendors.  We were exhausted, so we spent the last night binge watching House of Cards in our gorgeous room at the Aria – while looking out over the beautiful lights of the strip.

We left Las Vegas exhausted, with a bag full of colorful business cards, brochures, and contact information.  We even ran into my business crush, Lisa Leonard, at the airport in Santa Maria [I was too nervous to say hello].  Goodness. {blush}  I felt like a goofy groupie.  So silly!  The funny thing is that I’ve been in the jewelry biz far longer, but she’s just AMAZING.  Seriously.  Amazing.  Cat got your tongue kind of amazing.  But I digress…

After looking through the piles of the colorful brochures and business cards, the research began.  I spent literally 3 months researching, contacting, chatting, requesting samples, and generally getting to know several box manufacturers across the country.  I wanted to find the perfect box to hold the pearls while still sticking within the budget, so I didn’t have to raise my prices just because of gift packaging.

We found a company relatively close to home (and only a few minutes from Disneyland…can’t beat that!)  So we took the trek down several different times to meet with the company, design the boxes, choose all…the…things.  It’s insane how many decisions go in to making a superb box!  The shell, the fabric, the lining, the outer covering, the hot stamping foil choice, the outer gift packer, the bow.  Then I found the best anti-tarnish cloth that was also soft enough to safely store pearls, and I hired a seamstress to custom-make my special anti-tarnish pearl pouches to fit perfectly inside of our new custom boxes.  Hooray!!

We found that to have the manufacturer tie the ribbon on top of the box (not around the box…I want you to be able to open them before gifting), was going to QUADRUPLE the price.  What?!?!  Seriously.  Craziness.  So I sourced the perfect pink ribbon and now we individually cut, attach, and hand-tie each ribbon to the top of each box, right here in our little California studio.

So after a crazy journey of elation, disappointments, joys and tears…I present to you the fancy schmancy gift packaging that comes complimentary with every Little Girl’s Pearls order!

So what do you think?  Do you love it, too?  I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!! ♥

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Fruit and Fun Printable Class Valentines

It’s here!  Hooray!  I love making these every year.  This is my third annual free Valentine’s Card printable & I went a with a bit of vintage inspired fruit & fun theme.  This is my most popular post every year – hooray!!  I’ve added the links to the previous years’ Valentine’s below in case you’d like to see them all.  They’re perfect for your kid’s classroom Valentine Party or your very own Galentine celebration with your bestie!

It’s still early enough that you won’t have to stay up the night before Valentine’s Day, frantically gluing, glittering and stickering…I’ve got your back, mama.  Just print, cut & have your kiddo sign them.  Super easy peasy.

Okay, lovelies, I printed mine on matte photo paper (matte, so that they can be signed by your little).  But honestly, card stock will totally work in a pinch!  Don’t fret!  You’ve totally got this.  If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can send them to a photo printing place like Staples or Walmart, otherwise your home printer is just fine.

If you’re feeling super extra fancy, feel free to tape a heart chocolate on the back of the card (or a quarter for older kids if you’re looking for a candy-free Valentine option).  Voila, chocolate, cute cards, signed by your kiddo…score one for mom!

Okay, so click the button below to download your PDF printable.  Then print away!  It will print on a regular old 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, and the cards measure 3.5″ square (that will help when you’re measuring out to cut).

How did it go?  If you use the cards (from any of the years), I would sooooo love to hear your stories & see how they turned out for you!  If you tag them #littlegirlspearls when you post them, I will be able to find them.  I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Are you looking for more Valentine Printables?  Check out our other free sets:

Happy Valentine’s Day, you lovely mama!

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how to choose the perfect bridal jewelry for your wedding dress

Wedding day fashion is all about the dress (and rightly so), but all the little accents like shoes, your bouquet, and jewelry will also be an important part of your look. When it comes to bridal jewelry, there are endless options out there, so many, in fact, that shopping may seem like an impossible task. Don’t get overwhelmed, though! We have some helpful tips to help you choose something that will make your wedding look feel complete.Complement Your Dress

Your wedding dress is probably one of the first things you picked, and it’s going to be the center of attention (second only to you, of course). You should pick jewelry that works with your dress, rather than competes with it.

If you chose an ornate dress, such as one with a lot of intricate lace, sparkly bead work or a sparkling belt, you’ll want simple, classic jewelry pieces that don’t clash with the details of your dress. Traditional pearl stud earrings, a string of classic pearls or a simple pearl pendant necklace, and maybe a single classic bracelet will help to complete your look beautifully without pulling focus from your gorgeous dress.

If you chose a more classic, less ornate or non-beaded dress, you can use your jewelry to add sparkle and flair! Chandelier earrings or a larger or bolder necklace will add that touch of light and vibrancy to your wedding outfit.

Let Your Personality Shine

When you were shopping for wedding dresses, did one style speak to you? Jewelry can show your personality in the same way. Is your style elegant and timeless? Then maybe you’re looking for a diamond pendant or a pearl necklace; something classic that you can re-wear again and again. Something lovely and timeless that you can pass down to your daughter for her wedding day.

Are you more of a punk-rock princess? How about a modern choker that will add an elegant edge to your wedding look? You may want to consider unique designs such as drape-down-the-back necklaces or cuff bracelets. And remember that not everything on your wedding day has to be white. If it fits your style, you could incorporate colorful gemstones such as rubies or sapphires (something blue, anyone?). If you’re looking for inspiration, consider incorporating your wedding colors. Your wedding jewelry is going to be in your wedding photos and your jewelry box for a long time, so it should be something that feels right and that you love.

In case you’re looking for a few specific ideas…here are some pearl pieces from the shop:

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Easy Thanksgiving Activities to Keep Your Kids Entertained While You Cook

Your family probably already has a few traditions of your own for Thanksgiving. Maybe you have a special routine for saying what you’re thankful for, or maybe everyone looks forward to grandma’s signature pie all year long. Thanksgiving is also a great time to start some new traditions, particularly if you’re looking for fun activities that kids will love to take part in.

1.    Succulent Place Cards
This is such a fun and easy activity for kiddos during the holidays!  While the house is a big hub of craziness and activity, you can send the kids outside for this quick and easy Thanksgiving or Christmas craft.  Littles and bigs will love making place cards for everyone around the holiday table.  Then all of the guests can have a sweet little succulent planter to take home after the delicious dinner.  Head HERE for full step-by-step photo instructions to show you how to make them.

Step-by-Step photo instructions to make succulent place cards for your holiday table

2.    Get the Kids Involved with Foraged Bouquets for the Table
The hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving can get overwhelming for kids.  Everyone is excited, the house smells amazing, family and friends are ringing the bell…chaos is sure to follow.  One thing our boys love to do is head outside in the fresh air to get some energy out.  Send an older kid or an adult with the kids to pick a bouquet of “foraged” leaves, flowers and sticks (or several small bouquets).  Then they can put them in mason jars or vases on the Thanksgiving table.  Fun, festive & it gets the wiggles out!

foraged-thanksgiving-bouquets

3.    A Thankful Book
Instead of simply saying what you’re thankful for around the dinner table, how about having each person write it down? Then save the notes in a scrapbook or binder. It’s fun to set out a blank book or paper with pencils, crayons, stickers and markers for everyone to write down their thankful list while dinner is cooking.  It keeps the kids busy, and you can look back on it together every Thanksgiving.  Erin over at Home Literacy Blueprint made the cutest thankful books with her kiddos!

Idea and adorable photo from Home Literacy Blueprint

4.    Pin the Feather on the Turkey
If you have a lot of young kids in your family (or teenagers who like to be goofy like mine), pin the feather on the turkey is a great game to keep them entertained and get them in the Thanksgiving spirit. This is just like pin the tail on the donkey, except you’re using a paper turkey and feathers of different colors. For added fun, have each kid create and decorate their own feather out of card stock, stickers, pens, pencils…whatever you have lying around. They can write what they are thankful for & it makes the turkey so adorable when they’re finished!  Make sure you take a picture as a memento!

precious graphic from Living Well Mom – head on over there for instructions

What fun family traditions or kid activities does your family do for the holidays?  I’d love to learn some new ideas! ♥

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Easy Succulent Place Cards for Your Holiday Table

I’m always looking for fun things to do with my boys that gets them involved in the holidays.  These sweet little succulent place cards are perfect for kids (and adults) and will brighten up your holiday table!  These would even be adorable for a rustic outdoor wedding.

With just a few “ingredients” – most of which can be found in your back yard, you can make sweet little name cards for your holiday or wedding table.

  • small votive holder (or other small container – a tiny mason jar would work well, too)
  • sphagnum moss (I found a bag of it at Home Depot)
  • twigs of greenery from the garden
  • a stick
  • a tiny clothes pin or clip
  • a succulent rosette – or really any succulent sprig will do
  • a small name tag – or slip of paper

Wet your sphagnum moss & pack it relatively tightly into the holder.

Using your finger (or a pencil), make a hole down the center of your moss for the stem of your succulent.

Carefully place your succulent stem into the hole.  Add a bit of extra moss around it to secure it into the little container.

Add your stick.  If you don’t have a stick from a tree or bush, you can use a popsicle stick or even a skewer.  Make sure the stick is high enough to allow the name tag to show above the succulent.

Use your tiny clothes pin (I gilded mine with a gold-leafing pen just for fun) to clip the name tag and the greenery to your stick.  Set them on the table as place cards & you’ll have a beautiful holiday or wedding tablescape!  The best part is that your guests will have a great little gift to take home with them.  {so much fun}

What will you use it for?  I would love to see your version!  Be sure to use #littlegirlspearls, so I can find it!!  Have fun. ♥

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Animal Friends Free Printable Set

Animal Friends Free Printable Set.

I love little animal friends, and I wanted to share some with you.  When I was a kid, I grew up in Fair Oaks, California.  We lived on an acre backed up to a lush, green, oak-laden ravine and wild park land.  We spent countless hours exploring the overgrown bamboo patch, traipsing through the tall grasses to the bottom, and making tiny boats to race down the stream (during the times we actually had a bit of rain).

 

Free Fox Printable from Little Girls Pearls

We had families of foxes take up residence in the ravine over the years.  Spring was always fun because the tiny baby foxes are just the cutest little things!

 

gray kitty free 8x10 printable from Little Girl's Pearls

While we had a sweet doggie, there were always kitties around.  They would prowl for mice and gophers, and would sing their howly kitty song at night.

 

Precious panda 8x10 printable from Little Girls Pearls

We would shimmy down the grassy hill to the bamboo patch and pretend that we would see pandas climbing up the tall stalks that rustled in the breeze.

 

Fluffy bunny nursery printable from Little Girls Pearls.

Our bunny rabbit, Hopper, was a gift from our biggest sister one Easter.  He was black, silky, and so soft.  He would get enough speed running around our round geodesic dome that he would actually start running on the walls!  So here’s a fun little bunny to hang on your wall.

Click to download the animal friends 8x10 free printables set.

The file is a PDF and is set to print each of the 8 x 10 prints on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of letter size paper on your printer.  If you’d like to trim them to fit an 8×10 frame, you can trim off 1/4″ from the top and bottom and 1/2″ from each side.  If you run across any questions, just let me know.

What was your favorite little animal friend when you were growing up?

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